Vinal floor to clean? That an easy one, vinyl flooring can be cleaned in no time. Starting with a fast sweep-up, perhaps vacuuming followed by a wet mopping and not much elbow grease, will take care of most cleaning you’ll ever need to perform. But surprisingly vinyl can gets stained or scuffed, or if you’ve neglected it for a long time without proper washing, it will need extremely thorough cleaning, but don’t get afraid, this is relatively easy pretty much as well.  These types of floorings doesn’t need to be assigned to any special floor cleaning detergents, floor restorers or preserving products, such as wax or polish. Latest “no-wax” vinyl flooring of all types is tailored to last for longer periods or years if you would like to and just as it is. Remember, easy to clean vinyl floors will need frequent sweeping and mopping and it will appear the same simple, low-maintenance  cost for labour and cleaning material is was designed to be.

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Important Steps To Do When Cleaning Vinyl Floors

Taking regular care of your floor will benefit the most from sweeping and mopping. The reason behind it, it is because grime and loose dirt are the floor’s aggravating factors . Gritty particles comes in on our shoes and is spread into the flooring as we walk, forming miniature pits and  tiny scratches on its surface. These blemishes damage, and eventually transform the appearance of the floor into dull and discolour the flooring, this will absolutely  extinguish the preserving wear layer of the vinyl. Cut it short, maintaining floor by sweeping or vacuuming and if you do this periodically trying to eliminate the dirt, the longer your floor will last.

Cleaning Vinyl Flooring Fastest Way

Once you’ve completed the sweeping task or sucked up the dirt with your vacuum cleaner, dust, fluff and grime from the floor, mostly it needs is a damp mopping with hot tap water. There’s no requirements of special cleaning diluted solutions or any kind of soap for the floor. You may need the last two in rare scenarios. Tried and tested fact is that most dirt and grit on vinyl comes out absolutely perfect with nothing more than hot water. Materials needed:

  • Soft Brush or Vacuum Cleaner

  • Mop and Bucket

  • Hot Water

  • Floor Cleaning Detergent

  • Washing-up Soap

Performing the task I will need you to remember these cleaning tips to pay attention to, know this:

  • Damp mopping, vinyl needs just that

  • Before applying it to the floor, always wring out the mopto eliminate the option for excessive amounts of water splashes.

  • Avoid pooling water.

  • Vinyl tiles, planks or subflooring, which have numerous seams, can be damaged by excess amount of water.

  • Make sure to use a damp mop only.

  • Best to use is sponge mop or a microfiber mop.

If you want to add a cleaning agent to your mop water, add 1 cup of white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) to  a whole of a gallon of hot water to dilute the solution. The slight acidity of vinegar adds a modest excellent boost of cleaning power to water and has some mild disinfecting properties. Rinsing after mopping is another task and needs to be performed with water only, this will help to remove the vinegar scent, if that annoys you.

Cleaning Stains from Vinyl

It is not difficult as it seems. Many scuffs or stubborn stains on vinyl floor come out promptly with the right cleaning detergent and a little bit of effort aka scrubbing. The vinyl cleaning task can be easily added to these 25 end of tenancy cleaning tips.

If the affected stained area is made of substance which is gummy or bulky, make sure  scrape up the bulk  gently of it but do not use a sharp knife, for instance you can spatula before cleaning the stain. Hold the tool flat towards the floor surface so as try not to scratch the vinyl.

Many major vinyl flooring manufacturers offers their own vinyl floor cleaning agents for heavy-duty cleaning tasks or eliminating stains from their flooring, but handful of household cleaning products will cover you for most basic needs:

  • Sodium Bicarbonate or Baking soda: You can always combat stains with baking soda on a first instance, works fine on many types of stains. Food stains are easily eliminated in no time.  Mix it with a tiny amount of water to form a paste, and rub it into the stain in a circular motion, then rinse with cold water and wipe the affected area clean.

  • Isopropyl alcohol or Rubbing alcohol is the other cleaner you can use. Apply isopropyl alcohol to a piece of cotton ball or white paper towel and rub the stain gently, if needed repeat again. Alcohol is massively effective adhesive remover and is widely used on variety of stains, such as grease, oil, paint, varnish, wax, woman’s lipstick, hair gel, and ink.

  • Mineral spirits: Another method to use is mineral spirits for stubborn paint, marker, crayon, wax or varnish stains that don’t come out first with the use of rubbing alcohol. Apply the similar way as the isopropyl alcohol.

  • Basic bleach: use of bleach on vinyl floor can easily eliminate fast rust and some embedded colours made from food, drinks or cosmetic stains. Dilute bleach as directed on the safety data sheet for general use and simply apply the diluted substance to a clean white micro fibre cloth. Blot the stain and let it sit for up to 30-40 minutes, avoid soaking the stain for longer period. Remove the cloth , next rinse the area with a clean cloth and warm water.

How to Keep Vinyl Floor From Damage?

The definition of vinyl lives up to its name “resilient” flooring, but it’s nowhere near as tough as, say, tile floor, ceramic tile or else. Vinyl floors can damage easily with extremely harsh cleaners, detergents powerful chemicals, and damage can be done by use of abrasives cleansers of any kind, including abrasive cleansers, abrasive tools, like metal paddings, metal scourers, wire brushes etc.

Many leading flooring manufacturers and other manufacturers cleaning experts also warn against the use of hot steam cleaners ,   steam mops on vinyl because the high heat can be damaging and the hot moisture can damage extensively the tiny seams of the vinyl and possibly cause warping.

I will advise not to use on vinyl floors finishes or polishes, some folks are very happy to use by acrylic finishes  for vinyl, and other like to use just to use furniture polish. The problem with such a materials is that they accumulate on the surface and ultimately need to be stripped because the floor becomes dull and appear discoloured. This usually requires a heavy-duty stripper and cleaners—preferably a product sold by the flooring’s own manufacturer, just to be safe. In most scenarios  the extra shine you get from a polish is temporary only. To get a professional advice or if you need this task performed by professional you can always book one-off cleaning services in London by calling CCL Cleaners on 0203 137 6341.